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Notes on the Swedish approach to the COVID19/coronavirus pandemic



This is a placeholder post. I’m particularly keen to find out about the Swedish models and CBA.

Their approach in a nutshell:

Tegnell Anders’s CV

Sweden still refuses to go into lockdown despite highest jump in Covid-19 deaths to date– 15 April 2020

Sweden Thinks Herd Immunity Is the Answer to Coronavirus – 10 April 2020

Between normalcy and state of emergency: The legal framework for Sweden’s coronavirus strategy – 9 April 2020

Why Sweden Isn’t Locking Down – 9 April 2020

COVID-19: Why the Nordics are Our Best Bet for Comparing Strategies – 9 April 2020

Sweden goes it alone: The EU’s coronavirus exception – 9 April 2020

Is Sweden’s lax approach to the coronavirus backfiring? – 9 April 2020


Sweden dismisses Trump’s claim after US president takes swipe at coronavirus strategy – 8 April 2020

Sweden’s Semi-Lockdown: A Middle Way That Won’t Crash Their Economy – 8 April 2020

“The strategy in Sweden is to focus on social distancing among the known risk groups, like the elderly. We try to use evidence-based measurements,” Emma Frans, doctor in epidemiology at the famed Karolinska Institute, told Euronews. “We try to adjust everyday life. The Swedish plan is to implement measurements that you can practice for a long time,” she said.

“It’s difficult to keep the world locked down, until we have a vaccine launched in 18 months,” top Danish economist Lars Christensen told Euronews

“every epidemiologist … ignores the most basic rule in epidemiology called Farr’s Law (dating to 1840 and before any public health organizations), that says epidemics peak and decline on their own.”

How Sweden and Denmark represent opposite Scandinavian COVID-19 responses – 8 April 2020

Sweden, which refused to implement a coronavirus lockdown, has so far avoided a mass outbreak. Now it’s bracing for a potential surge in deaths. – 7 April 2020

Coronavirus: Sweden stands firm over its controversial COVID-19 approach – 7 April 2020

“The government’s response has been focused on trying to limit the spread to elderly people,”

Even during the pandemic, in Sweden it’s illegal to keep kids home from school – 7 April 2020

Sweden’s COVID-19 Fear Is Catching Up To The Rest Of The World – 6 April 2020

COVID-19: Sweden’s less stringent measures to change – 6 April 2020

Swedes’ trust in government put to test as coronavirus deaths spike – 6 April 2020

Has Sweden Found the Right Solution to the Coronavirus? – 6 April 2020
“Sweden is developing herd immunity by refusing to panic. By not requiring social isolation, Sweden’s young people spread the virus, mostly asymptomatically, as is supposed to happen in a normal flu season. They will generate protective antibodies that make it harder and harder for the Wuhan virus to reach and infect the frail and elderly who have serious underlying conditions. For perspective, the current COVID-19 death rate in Sweden (40 deaths per million of population) is substantially lower than the Swedish death rate in a normal flu season (in 2018, for instance, about 80 per million of population).”

Prepare for the mother of all s**t storms if Sweden pulls this off – 3 April 2020

Coronavirus: Inside Sweden’s radically different COVID-19 response – 1 April 2020

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